DesignInc on Uni of Adelaide Innova 21
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 June 2010 11:22 Written by Howie Saturday, 26 June 2010 11:07
Thanks to Wayne Dixon, Director of DesignInc, for sharing some of technical achievements with the recently opened Innova 21 project.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE’S GREEN STAR FIRST
Innova 21 achieves the first 6 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 Certified
Innova 21, the University of Adelaide’s new $100 million building for the Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Science has just been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Education (V1) rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. This makes it the first project in Australia to achieve a 6 star rating under the Green star Education v1.0 tool.
The eight storey, 14,000m2 Innova 21 building incorporates a range of environmentally sustainable features that complement the design that helped the University achieve its impressive rating as a world leader.
The building respects and enhances the character of the precinct through a contemporary and distinctive design. Important elements of passive design such as the sun shading devices as well as active elements such as the thermal chimneys on the north façade of the building define the building’s character.
Key innovative elements include the use of Active Slab technology (hydronic cooling loops within the concrete floor slabs) combined with an Under Floor Air Distribution System utilising 100% fresh air ventilation, providing a healthy and comfortable internal environment. Heat rejection from the Computer Server rooms to the ground is achieved via Geothermal loops incorporated into the basement diaphragm wall. The building also has a low E double glazed curtain wall; a programmable (DALI) lighting system and a building management system (BMS) designed to reduce Energy consumption.
Another key sustainable technology is the Tri Generation Plant located at the roof level that will provide electricity, heating and cooling for the whole building, saving energy and with ongoing cost savings. There is an extensive rainwater harvesting system with 500,000 litre underground rainwater storage tanks. The collected water is used for toilet flushing & irrigation within the building.
These technologies within the building will be monitored via the BMS, this data will be available to students so that the building itself becomes a teaching tool in terms of its Environmentally Sustainable Design. Materials selection as well as the furniture, fittings and equipment within the building were selected in relation to their Eco preferred content, as well as minimal PVC and formaldehyde content.
An exhibition space has been incorporated to the south of the building in an area that was previously a car park as part of a link to the existing Engineering faculty buildings. This space is roofed with an Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE) inflated roof membrane; another example of innovative material technology in use in this building.
Innova 21 satisfies the University of Adelaide’s need for contemporary staff accommodation and Computer Aided Teaching facilities with the high indoor environmental quality criteria established by the Green Star Education Tool. These design imperatives were achieved whilst integrating this modern building within the context of the heritage aspects of the University of Adelaide campus.
The Consultant Design team on the project consisted of:
- DesignInc - Architecture & Interior Design
- Umow Lai - Electrical, Mechanical & ESD consultancy
- Bestec - Hydraulic, Fire Services, Vertical Transportation
- Aurecon - Structural Engineer
- Outlines - Landscape Architecture
The achievement of a 6 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 Certified Rating for the Innova 21 project further reinforces DesignInc’s leadership in the field of Environmentally Sustainable Design.
This achievement complements the first new office building to achieve a 6 Star Greenstar – Office Design v1 Certified Rating achieved by DesignInc for the CH2 Melbourne City Council House 2 project in 2004, which received numerous awards for Sustainable Architecture.
The principles of Sustainable Design are core values that we pursue in all our projects. Designinc has proven experience in Education, Health, Commercial & Residential Architecture as well as Masterplanning, Urban & Interior Design.
The resources of our national group of offices are readily available for any project, regardless of size, complexity and location. This integrated approach, combined with the talent & experience of our designers has led to many award winning projects and successful long-term client relationships.
For further information contact DesignInc’s Melbourne office: +61 3 9654 9654
Or visit our website: www.designinc.com.au
For more discussion check out our forum thread here.
New Render Adelaide Oval Redevelopment
Written by Howie Friday, 18 June 2010 07:38
AdelaideNow had a render of the new look Adelaide Oval today.
THIS is the first look at the face of a rebuilt Adelaide Oval. The image is of the view of the oval's new southern stand, which spectators will reach on a new footbridge and through a plaza to be built over War Memorial Drive.
The Advertiser was the first to see the designs, which have been more than six months in the making, and further details will be released today by the Stadium Management Authority.
The footbridge, which is not part of the $535 million budgeted to rebuild Adelaide Oval, will stretch from the Festival Centre to the new plaza.
It is expected as many as 20,000 fans could use the footbridge in one evening when the stadium hosts big games.
No roof has been planned for the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, but there are plans to house an equivalent of the Crows Shed in a new indoor cricket training centre to be built behind the tennis complex.
The designs are for a 50,000-seat stadium - despite speculation the oval's seating capacity would need to be reduced to meet the project's $535 million budget.
After more than six months of frantic activity, political bluster and controversy over the increase in the project's budget, the Stadium Management Authority's Ian McLachlan and Leigh Whicker will today hold a media conference to outline the size, scope and design of the project.
The SMA has until August 31 to determine whether cricket and football can live together at the revamped oval. Many questions remain unresolved including the SMA business model, how much the project will finally cost and car parking.
In an interview for tomorrow's SA Weekend , Mr McLachlan and Mr Whicker refused to make predictions on the odds of the two bodies finding a harmonious position after almost 40 years of division. They maintained they were committed to making the project a success.
"We have done this on the basis of trying to manufacture an outcome," Mr Whicker said. "The end result will take care of itself and will be the result of diligent and clear thinking work by the SMA."
Mr McLachlan also said he believed Sir Donald Bradman, who was at the centre of the dispute in the 1970s that saw football leave Adelaide Oval to build its own stadium at West Lakes, would have approved of the game's return to the city.
"He was in favour of the Bradman stand and it wasn't even going to be called the Bradman stand then. He said, `Look, times change, you have to get on with it'," Mr McLachlan said.
Stadium architect Darryl Jackson, who also designed Etihad Stadium and the new northern and southern stands at the MCG, said the $535 million budget was achievable.
Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond yesterday again raised questions about the final cost of the stadium.
She claimed a new car park was being planned for the Adelaide Oval No.2 ground which would add another $35 million.
For more discussion on the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment check out our forum thread here.
Rundle Mall Woolworths Redevelopment
Written by Howie Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:29
Our Woolworths redevelopment thread on the S-A forums has caught the eye of Benedict Brook from Woolworths media relations.
He just wanted to say that the opening will be on Thursday 17th June at 8am, with six new stores facing the mall along with a completely refurbished Woolies that includes self serve checkouts and new designed departments.
It will be opened by the longest serving member of staff - Jean Kemp - who's worked on the checkouts for 50 years.
Good on you guys!
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